2014-15 President Patrise Perkins-Hooker and YLD President Sharri Edenfield have worked to bring the iCivics program to Georgia middle and high schools. iCivics is a non-profit organization, founded and championed by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, that is designed to:
teach students about American government and civil society;
invigorate students’ civic learning through interactive and engaging learning resources; and
inspire students to be active participants in our democracy.
The iCivics software program also provides students with the tools they need for active participation and democratic action and it provides teachers with the materials and support to achieve these goals. To find out more information about the iCivics program, please visit their website.
The inaugural year of Georgia’s iCivics program will be launched in various eighth and ninth grade classes in the following Georgia school districts during the Fall 2014 school year:
Atlanta Public Schools
Harris County Schools
Liberty County Schools
Muscogee County Schools
Savannah-Chatham County Schools
Tift County Schools (Fall 2015)
Wilkinson County schools
In order to make Georgia’s iCivics program a success and implement the iCivics curriculum, we need lawyers who are willing to work hands-on with local teachers, who have previously been trained on the iCivics curriculum, in the above-referenced Georgia school systems. Volunteers will serve as presenters to the students (1-2 sessions a month as needed) on various legal and governmental topics as determined by the respective teacher in the classroom in which the volunteer is placed.
By way of example, such topics could include:
discussing the importance of the constitution
discussing the differences between the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government
presenting pivotal cases on any of the topics presented in the curriculum
talking to the students about the path to being a lawyer, judge, legislator, etc.
The iCivics mission is to "envision a nation where all young Americans are prepared for active and intelligent citizenship." Won’t you join us in fulfilling this mission for students in Georgia?
To participate as a volunteer, please send an email to Shiriki Cavitt that includes the following information:
the school system for which you wish to volunteer (we ask that you volunteer for a school system close to where you work or reside).
You will receive a confirmation email and additional information regarding upcoming volunteer training and contact information for the specific school and teacher with which you will work. Also, feel free to share this information with other attorneys within your network/firm/organization/office that may be interested in volunteering.
Let’s ensure that Georgia’s iCivics program is a great success for the students and teachers. Thanks in advance for your participation!